First off, I'd like to thank Louis Dale for taking his time to do this interview with me. It was definitely a great experience and a must-read!
For those of you that are unaware of Louis Dale or can't remember back to March, he helped the great Cinderella, Cornell, make an unbelievable run to the Sweet 16, where they lost to John Wall and the Kentucky Wildcats.
As the No. 12 seed, Cornell stunned Temple and Wisconsin, as they defeated both respective squads to advance to the Sweet 16.
Dale attempted to go to the NBA after graduating, but he failed to get drafted. However, his basketball career isn't over yet, and hopes of making it to the NBA aren't either, as he will be playing overseas next season with BC Goettingen, a German team the competes for the Eurocup.
Dale averaged 13 points, three rebounds, and five assists last season as a senior.
He was nice enough to answer some questions with me. Enjoy!
Garrett Tucker: At what point did you realize you could play basketball past your high school days?
Louis Dale: Probably when I went to a Georgia Tech camp my sophomore year. The coaches told me I had the ability to play D-1 (Division-1) basketball.
Tucker: When did you notice you had the ability school-wise to go to Cornell?
Dale: They sent me an application in the mail my senior year and when I got that, I figured I could go to school there.
Tucker: Which is more important to you? School or basketball?
Dale: I try to balance them out because they are both important, but if I had to choose, I'd say basketball.
Tucker: What is your most memorable moment from Cornell?
Dale: The game against Wisconsin going to the Sweet 16 or the start of the game against Kentucky. It was like it was a home game for us because of all the fans rooting for us.
Tucker: What will you never forget about your Sweet 16 run?
Dale: Just how much fun our team had. We just went out to have fun and were loose and relaxed.
Tucker: What made playing in Germany and for BC Goettingen interest you?
Dale: They are a very good team and they play in a great league. They compete for the Eurocup, which is one of the most competitive leagues throughout Europe. I also think the team and the style of play suits me very well.
Tucker: What do you know about your new team?
Dale: They play similar to the Missouri Tigers under Mike Anderson. It's a very fast-paced game and very pressing. I also know that the gym they play in used to be an old train station.
Tucker: Have you had any contact with anyone?
Dale: Yes, I've talked to the coach and a few of the players. Half the team is American and the other half is German.
Tucker: What do you think the biggest difference will be between the college game and the International game?
Dale: I'll have to get used to the 24-second shot clock, and the three-point line is moved back, but not as far as the NBA, so I'll have to get used to that. I'll also have to get used to the referees and how they call games.
Tucker: Do you plan on trying to play basketball for as long as you can or go towards your degree?
Dale: I want to play as long as I can, but if something happens, I'll have my degree to fall back on, and then I'll go towards it.
Tucker: According to you, what do you think you need to work on to get better as an individual?
Dale: I need to work more on my ball-handling and my defense could get better. Especially when bigger guards try to post up on me.
Tucker: Who would you compare yourself to in the NBA?
Dale: Chris Paul. I feel like we are both true point guards and have the ability to set up our teammates, but then we have the ability to score for ourselves. We don't have the most size, but we're big competitors!
Tucker: Have you got into any of the German culture of language yet?
Dale: I haven't yet. I know how to say "hello" and "thank you," but that's about it.
Great interview Louis!
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